Airbus’ Big Plane Heads to San Francisco

070328_A380_landing_Airbus_PR_FINAL2.jpg Residents of the San Francisco Bay Area will get a chance to see the world’s largest commercial aircraft, the Airbus A380, when it lands at San Francisco International on October 4 at 9:40 a.m. The plane, currently on its second round of “route-proving” flights around the world, departs San Francisco on October 5 and heads to Asia.

San Francisco International was one of the first airports in the U.S. to acquire full airfield and terminal certification from the FAA to receive the A380. The twin-deck superjumbo, which can seat up to 555 passengers in a standard seating configuration, is so large it can only operate from airports that can accommodate its bulk.

San Francisco’s international terminal, overhauled in 2000, is A380-ready with oversized baggage carousels, ample seating at the gate areas for the 555-plus passengers, and five gates equipped with two loading bridges, which will make getting on and off the plane more efficient.